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Dodge Challenger Demon: Hellcat on a diet

by Patrick Rall on

The second piece of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was shown this morning, in the form of this image and a new 24-second video titled “Reduction” on

Leading up to the New York Auto Show, Dodge is launching a pre-debut video teaser campaign to show the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s engineering prowess. “Reduction,” the second teaser video, reveals that when the Dodge SRT Demon makes its debut in April, it will be more than 200 pounds lighter than its current Hellcat brother. Fans can check out website for weekly updates and new videos.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon promises better performance than the Challenger SRT Hellcat; according to today’s announcement, the Demon will be at least 200 pounds lighter. The release states that “adjustments have been made to the wheels, steering, suspension, brakes, interior construction and components.”

This first official image of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon shows the car’s silhouette with an interesting x-ray view which highlights the wheels, the steering assembly, the brakes, the seats and some portions of the upper unibody structure. This confirms the Demon’s will have unique wheels (from the burnout video) with a steering, suspension and braking setup that weighs less than that of the Hellcat Challenger.

I can imagine how using different components can reduce the weight of the wheels, brakes, steering and suspension, but it will be interesting to see how Dodge cuts weight from the Challenger SRT Demon with new seats and, possibly, a revised unibody structure which improves stiffness while reducing weight.

Finally, aside from the weight reduction aspect, this first real image of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon appears to reveal a hood with a higher raised section – presumably with a huge hood scoop running across the leading edge for optimal air flow.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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